It’s an old put-down. Q: Why couldn’t Jesus have been born in Miami? A: They couldn’t find three wise men and a virgin. Substitute the location of your choice: First time I heard it, it was Poland. I’ve also heard Italy, New Jersey, and Washington DC. He yuk.
Well, the fewer virgins in the world, the better. As for the wise men, there is this disturbing statistic:
A new Gallup poll shows 78% of Americans doubt the traditional scientific view of evolution: 40% of Americans believe that God created mankind 10,000 years ago; another 38% believe in intelligent design. Just 16%, meanwhile, believe in the scientific view of “secular evolution”—though that’s up from a mere 9% in 1982. – Daily Beast
Progress of a sort, I suppose, but if these numbers are accurate, the view that about 4 of 5 Americans are this stupid and/or uneducated doesn’t bode well for the future of the Republic. How are we supposed to compete in a technology-based world where scientific advances have repercussions in everything from security and information-sharing to economics and social justice? With tax breaks for the rich?
We’ve seen how influential small numbers of anti-evolutionists can be, forcing school districts to abandon science-based textbooks, and pushing prayer down the throats of private citizens in the name of “family values.” It only takes one turd in the punch bowl to ruin the party, after all. A wise man becomes just another elitist, see.
Pretty soon the joke will be, How come Jesus couldn’t have been born in America? Then the joke will be on all of us. ‘T’ain’t funny, McGee.
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